Where are the Japanese Robots?
Japan is well-known for its engineering prowesses in the field of robotics, yet apparently no robots have yet been used at the Fukushima I nuclear plant. Reuters writes:
While robots are commonplace in the nuclear power industry, with EU engineers building one that can climb walls through radioactive fields, the electric power company running Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has not deployed any for the nuclear emergency.
A science ministry official said a robot used to detect radiation levels is at the site of the accident in Fukushima, north of Tokyo, but nuclear safety agency official Hidehiko Nishiyama said: "We have no reports of any robots being used."